Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako make their first public appearance to at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, May 4, 2019.
History tells us there were eight women who ruled as empresses of Japan, but since reforms of the constitution in 1947, only a man can inherit the throne.
Grill, a 19-year-old female California sea lion, holds a brush in her jaws after writing the calligraphy ‘Reiwa’ to mark the beginning of a new era for Japan.
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The country has reached back more than a thousand years into its early literary heritage for an auspicious name for a new era under a new emperor.
An illustration by Tosa Mitsuoki of The Tale of Genji, late 17th century.
Murasaki Shikibu, the author of The Tale of Genji, served in the Japanese imperial court. She transformed her experiences into an intricate narrative fusing fiction, history, and poetry.
Monster movies are currently rampaging across the globe. Their popularity shows us how Hollywood's place in world cinema is changing.
President Donald Trump, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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US-Japan relations are under pressure. As leaders of the two countries meet this week, a scholar tells the story of the exchange program that made such a difference to American attitudes toward Japan.
An illustration of Japanese courtesans by Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825), with one courtesan showing another the
tattoo on her upper arm.
Prints of Japan
The curse of the tattooed ex was well-known in 18th-century Japan.
Coming on the heels of 'gold', 'blond' and 'wealthy', 'north' is a telling symbol of how Japan saw 2017.
It's a multi-lingual effect.
Court ruling casts shadow on Japan's tattoo industry.
Genking, a male-born Japanese TV personality and ‘genderless’ pioneer.
In Japanese popular culture, new trends come and go. But the Japanese have toyed with gender norms for generations.
Traditional Japanese tattoo.
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Japanese tattoos have been popular in the UK since King George V. But things are different in Japan.
The film is a powerful reworking of the novel by Japanese novelist Endō Shūsaku.
Who’s the moss?
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In a country known for its eccentric tastes, is this simply another flash-in-the-pan fad?
The University of Tokyo. Japanese higher education has had a troubled relationship with other languages.
A push for Japanese higher education to be globally competitive is creating an identity crisis.
Kerr’s appearance is further complicated by Japan’s stereotyped position as expert poachers of Western culture.
Miranda Kerr sparked controversy last week when she appeared in Japanese Vogue dressed in a kimono. Critics in the blogosphere and The New York Daily News wondered whether her donning traditional Japanese…
Contemporary artists find power in the formalism, minimalism and stylised theatricality of Noh.
Robert Wilson/ Philip Glass collaboration Einstein on the Beach, AAP/ Arts Centre Melbourne, Pomegranate Arts, Lucie Jansch
Theatre of dreams, theatre of play opened this week at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), a new exhibit giving a fascinating glimpse into one of Japan’s great theatrical traditions nō (Noh) through…